Medically reviewed on September 3, 2018
What is econazole topical?
Econazole is an antifungal medicine that fights infections caused by fungus.
Econazole topical (for the skin) is used to treat athlete's foot (tinea pedis), jock itch (tinea cruris), and ringworm (tinea corporis). Econazole topical is also used to treat tinea versicolor (a fungus that discolors the skin), and yeast infections of the skin.
Econazole topical may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Follow all directions on your medicine label and package. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all your medical conditions, allergies, and all medicines you use.
Before taking this medicine
You should not use econazole topical if you are allergic to it.
If you are pregnant, your doctor will decide if it is safe for you to use econazole topical. Econazole topical is sometimes used during the first trimester of pregnancy. It is not known whether the medicine will harm an unborn baby during the second or third trimesters of pregnancy.
It may not be safe to breast-feed while using this medicine. Ask your doctor about any risk.
Do not use this medicine on a child without medical advice.
How should I use econazole topical?
Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets. Use the medicine exactly as directed.
Do not take by mouth. Topical medicine is for use only on the skin.
Wash your hands before and after applying this medicine. Clean and dry the affected area.
Apply only a thin layer of the medicine to the affected area. Spread the medicine onto the nearby skin about 1 inch on all sides of the affected areas. Avoid applying this medicine over large areas of skin.
To treat athlete's foot: Apply the medicine to the affected areas and nearby skin once per day for 1 month.
To treat jock itch, ringworm, or tinea versicolor: Apply the medicine to the affected areas and nearby skin once per day for 2 weeks.
To treat yeast infections of the skin: Apply the medicine to the affected areas and nearby skin twice per day for 2 weeks.
Do not cover the treated skin area unless your doctor tells you to. Bandaging can increase the amount of drug absorbed through your skin and may cause harmful effects.
Use this medicine for the full prescribed length of time, even if your symptoms quickly improve. Skipping doses can increase your risk of infection that is resistant to medication. Econazole topical will not treat a bacterial infection.
Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve, or if they get worse.
Do not share this medication with another person, even if they have the same symptoms you have.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep the tube tightly closed when not in use.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Use the medicine as soon as you can, but skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next dose. Do not use two doses at one time.
What happens if I overdose?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.
What should I avoid while using econazole topical?
Avoid getting econazole topical in your eyes.
Econazole topical side effects
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Call your doctor at once if you have severe burning, redness, or stinging after applying the medicine.
Common side effects may include mild rash or skin irritation where the medicine was applied.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
See also: Side effects (in more detail)
What other drugs will affect econazole topical?
Medicine used on the skin is not likely to be affected by other drugs you use. But many drugs can interact with each other. Tell each of your health care providers about all medicines you use, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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